Erik and Lyle Menendez were motivated by greed when they ambushed their parents more than six years ago, a prosecutor charged during the first day of the brothers' retrial.
The prosecution continued to present evidence to support its theory that Lyle and Erik Menendez killed their parents for money, and went on a wild spending spree after the murders.
The jury was shown dozens of gruesome photographs of the shotgunned bodies of Jose and Kitty Menendez, as prosecutors began the final phase of their case.
Erik Menendez took the witness stand late in the day and began what could be at least a week of testimony about why he and his brother killed their parents.
The week leading up to the slayings was filled with signs that Jose and Kitty Menendez were about to do something terrible to their sons, Erik Menendez told jurors.
Prosecutor David Conn did what prosecutors in the first trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez refused to do -- he challenged Erik's allegations that his father molested him.
Closing arguments began with prosecutor David Conn ridiculing the brothers' claims of abuse as "the silliest most ridiculous story ever told in a courtroom."
Erik, 25, and Lyle, 28, were convicted of first-degree murder of Jose and Kitty Menendez, conspiracy and special circumstances which make them eligible for the death penalty.
In response to last-minute motions filed by the defense, the court addresses issues from seized credit cards to the defendant's bail request.
In this motion, Lyle Menendez sought to block prosecutors from introducing evidence that he planned on trying to escape police custody.
Lesley Hillings, a juror in the second Menendez murder trial, and reporter Mary Jane Stevenson appeared on America Online's Center Stage April 22, 1996, for a live chat.